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In general, compared to a lot of other woodworkers I'm not a fan of or skilled with hand sanding. Sometimes I use a 1/16" round over bit, but at that small scale you really aren't very aware of the shape, whether it is round or a chamfered 45 degree flat. Doing it with a block of wood and sand paper is very easy and quick. Try it on a piece of scrap with an edge one or two feet long. Stroke in the direction of the edge.
 

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Ok - the following might be a stupid question but here goes. I've cut most all the pieces and sanded with 120 and 220 Grit sandpaper. I'm close to glue-up - question is - Does it make sense to stain and poly BEFORE glue up? Or should I stain / poly after glue-up. Obviously a lot easier to apply the finish before assembly. If I glue up after poly, would the glue work on 'coated' surfaces?

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I did a similar project few years ago and I also prestained everything that had to be put together so it would get uniform color the downside was I had to tape all the glue joints before staining or sealing. i did not have good way to the stain after it was done. too many small places to do.

i am sure others will some good ideas to do this.

good luck.
 

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Thanks Biotec, I wonder if there is an easy way to mask the dados.
 

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Sorry to say there is no real easy way.

in the dados. I use 3/4 inch tape for the bottom of the joint. Split the tape for the sides.

maybe the next time I might make blocks that would fit into the bottom of the dado tight and eliminate that part of the taping. also take them out before the stain dries to avoid tare out.
 
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